This week's European parliamentary elections will launch a scramble for the continent's top leadership jobs -- it but won't decide the winners.
Washington and Brussels have both proposed solutions to facilitate cross-border access to data for law enforcement officials, but the issue has stirred up a hornet's nest.
Although the rich-poor gap has widened over the past decades, the European Union is a world leader in fighting inequality, experts say.
European voters go to the polls from May 23-26 to choose a new parliament with many fearing that eurosceptics and populist will deal a new blow to the EU.
EU leaders have started on the delicate task of filling key European posts, launching a diplomatic "Game of Thrones" sure to be filled with feuds, betrayals and last minute plot twists.
Voter turnout at European Parliament elections has dropped steadily over the years, hitting a record low of 43 percent at the last poll in 2014.
Three votes by the European Parliament in recent years have exposed deep divisions between EU members from the wealthier west and the previously communist east of the bloc.